Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back to Lower 48

8-29-13 What do you think?  Our new towed!  Denny’s wanted a truck and loves VWs.  Easy to tow too!2013-08-29 Canada 1102013-08-29 Canada 111Love the wide open skies and grand farm views for miles2013-08-29 Canada 118

2013-08-29 Canada 125Backside of the Tetons……. #22 coming down to Jackson is not for sissies!  10% grades --- SLOW --- and I did say S L O W!

2013-08-29 Canada 126Well, you’re right!  It was a dream.  Think we’ll keep the Jeep Liberty!

Sundre, AB

8-25-13  Rolling on from Lake Louise area….. beautiful morning views2013-08-29 Canada 057

And a surprise along the way:2013-08-29 Canada 064Just a bit earlier / later and we would have missed this.

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2013-08-29 Canada 069Hwy #11 travels along Abraham Lake --- 2013-08-29 Canada 077

And on to Sundre, AB to visit friends Neil & Edith Harper.  They have a large beautiful home, lots of acres and trees and some neat cars.  Thank you for the warm and enjoyable visit and many yummy meals!  Also enjoyed seeing Bill & Ange and Mel & Ann Hills for dinner, along with Jerry & Sally another time.  Sure like seeing our SKP Friends.

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Enjoy the farming areas of Alberta and wide open skies……..

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Our summer travels aren’t over yet!  More to see and enjoy on the way south to AZ.

Johnson Canyon

8-23-13 – Always a favorite walk is to Johnson Canyon – just along 1A.  Oh my the place is packed.  Cars parked from here to there and along the highway.  But still enjoyed the walk and views.  The river flows right below our feet.

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And at the end is the lower falls --- along with a short cave to see the top water rushing by…..2013-08-29 Canada 036

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A grand day to amble and enjoy the views. Just love those mtns.2013-08-29 Canada 013

And end the day with a beautiful sunset!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013


8-18-13 It’s not far from Dawson Creek to Grand Prairie to visit with friends George and Jeanette Forest.  Thank you for the warm welcome and great hospitality.  To Banff 002Hill and dale to Grande Cache on Hwy #40 – what a delightful museum and visitor center.To Banff 004And on to Jasper National Park – absolutely gorgeous scenery.  To Banff 006Sunwapta Falls --- All that water.  All that power.  And the dense rock erodes minimally thru the year.

To Banff 018To Banff 023Ah!  What a view – what a trip!  Jasper to Banff!

To Banff 026The Icefields – Athabasca GlacierTo Banff 039

To Banff 034Love the magical colors of glacial silt of Bow Lake!

To Banff 048Parked at Lake Louise….. More travels tomorrow!


8-20-13 A delightful day to visit in Banff…..Scenic drives abound……2013-08-20 To Banff 006Mt Rundle near Banff

2013-08-20 To Banff 014Lake Miniwanka

2013-08-20 To Banff 025Mt Sheep ---

2013-08-20 To Banff 029Downtown Banff!

2013-08-20 To Banff 043More scenic views along the way…….

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Moraine Lake

8-21-13  The skies are blue – the weather perfect!  So off we go.  Lake Moraine continues to be my (Susie’s) #1 Favorite place.  We have visited many times and it is still very magical.  The rock flour from glaciers remains suspended in the water to give it that beautiful color of turquoise. 2013-08-21 Moraine Lake 0052013-08-21 Moraine Lake 007

But my oh my the crowds of people.  Cars are parked for a long way along the road.  They are monitoring the number of cars that go out to let just that many in.

And then on to Lake Louise – another magnificent place with wonderful views.  2013-08-21 Moraine Lake 0252013-08-21 Moraine Lake 030

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Happy 49th Anniversary

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Lake Louise is all filled to the brim with tourist.  We’re not quite ready for the walk to the Tea House (~2 hrs walk up hill!?) so we drove down the road to Hector Lake for a relaxing – people free lake view and lunch.2013-08-21 Moraine Lake 039

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A beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

to Dawson Creek, BC

8-17-13  Another good nights’ sleep on the Alaskan Hwy heading south.  Looked for a big pull off, of course didn’t find one, but this morning we past several large perfect places to park.  Oh well….. on to Dawson Creek – roads are now very hilly with long straight stretches.  Trees and roadways are still green.

Arrived Dawson Creek – Milepost “0” – what a great summer and there is still more to enjoy!2013-08-17 to Dawson Creek 024

Enjoyed an afternoon at the Pioneer Villages2013-08-17 to Dawson Creek 016

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And an afternoon drive to Swann Lake for a gathering of jammers and dancing…..2013-08-17 to Dawson Creek 025

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Time to relax for football…….

Friday, August 16, 2013

South to Muncho Lake

8-15-13  We’re rambling south – enjoying the views – taking our time.

Stopped at Rancheria Falls – a nice boardwalk thru the boreal forest to the falls.

2013-08-15 South of Whitehorse 0032013-08-15 South of Whitehorse 004There was no SNOW at Watson Lake.  We looked and looked for the Escapees Sign that Dennis Hill posted last year…… alas, couldn’t find it.  But we did visit our sign! Among the zillions!2013-08-15 South of Whitehorse 007

2013-08-15 South of Whitehorse 008A nice stop for the night at km 880 with a view of Liard River 880 km2013-08-15 South of Whitehorse 009Then on to beautiful Muncho Lake – Strawberry Flats Campground.2013-08-15 South of Whitehorse 014Decided to take off a few layers of mud and dirt.  The RV was terribly dirty from all the heaves and dirt after Tok.  Dennis – look, Denny even cleaned the wheels!  2013-08-15 South of Whitehorse 017And you know what happened after that don’t you?  Yep it rained!  But what a view!